Q-West Boat Builders New Zealand

Te Haa - Skipper Cover

Te Haa - A Breath of Wind

Wellington's new pilot boat is the second Scottish-designed, Kiwi-built pilot vessel commissioned in New Zealand. 19.8m, twin Scania-powered, this Q-West boat impresses on a lot of levels. Take a close look at the workmanship and evident thought that have gone into this specialist vessel.



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Resilient Pilot Boat

When the Port of Wellington took delivery from Q-West of their new pilot boat 'Te Haa', it replaced a vessel from the same builder 25 years earlier.



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Kororā - Bigger is Better

A 34m aluminium catamaran is the first of a two vessel repeat order for a New Zealand passenger ferry operator.



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Skipper Kororā

Next Generation Fast Ferry - Kororā

Kororā  is the first of the two next generation fast ferries Q-West are contracted by Fullers Group to build.

Outwardly, this new vessel appears to be of very similar design to Te Kotuku , but her facilities are a major step up in two respects, she incorporates a fully covered upper outer deck and a new top open observation deck.

 



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Wakatere - A Swift Canoe or Fast Waka

This catamaran could certainly be the way of the future - especially for ports such as Auckland which have a long transit to the pilot boarding ground.


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Ausmarine Cover

Clipper V

Q-West delivers foil assisted passenger vessel to SeaLink.

Q-West Boat Builders has teamed up with Teknicraft to complete a fifth foil assisted passenger vessel for SeaLink NZ. Operating in Pine Harbour just outside of Central Auckland.



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Ausmarine Wakatere

Wakatere

Q-West and Teknicraft Deliver Pilot Boat 'Wakatere'

'Wakatere' is the first foil assisted catamaran pilot boat in Australia or New Zealand.  The origins of the design and build process came from the pilots in Ports of Auckland seeing and admiring Q-West's Clipper-class vessels operating daily in varied weather conditions.



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Professional Skipper Jan/Feb 2016

SeaLink Expands Pine Harbour Fleet

New generation 99 passenger Clipper class fast ferry.

In November SeaLink took delivery of the second of its new generation 99 passenger Clipper class fast ferries, which was promptly entered into service on Auckland's Pine Harbour-to-CBD ferry run.



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Ten Seventy

Ten Seventy

High-Speed Survey Vessel from Q-West.

New Zealand naval architecture firm Teknicraft has incorporated a number of new design elements in 'Ten Seventy', a new foil assisted survey catamaran built by Q-West Boat Builders.



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New Coastguard Rescue Vessel..."Simply the Best"

The Royal New Zealand Coastguard Federation maintains a volunteer rescue and training infrastructure around the coast of New Zealand.  Their mission: to ensure there is a ready-response marine emergency and rescue service for mariners in need



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Skipper

THREE MUSKETEERS NOW ON DUTY

This 12m waterjet-propelled vessel is designed as a rapid response emergency command vessel.  

Paorae is able to carry emergency equipment - including foam delivery firefighting equipment - as well as acting as a forward-control operational base from which other rescue craft can operate.



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Skipper Cover - Te Kotuku

TE KOTUKU - a Kiwi queen

New Zealand's largest, fastest, newest fast ferry - proudly built in Wanganui. Take a stem-to-stern look over the latest addition to the Fullers Auckland commuter fleet.

Te Kotuku is engineered with the expectation of a 30 year career in the Hauraki Gulf, with features specifically designed for work conditions.  Not only that, she sets a new level...



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Ausmarine Cover

Q-West Teams with Camarc for World-Beating Pilot Boat

New Zealand-based boat builder Q-West has recently delivered the aluminium pilot boat 'Mikotahi' to the Port of Taranaki, situated on the West Coast of New Zealand's North Island.



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Skipper Cover

MIKOTAHI a leader in pilot boats

In the specialised field of pilot transfer vessels, Port Taranaki's new launch Mikotahi stands out.

The port began a lengthy evaluation process to find the best proven design, and Scotland-based firm Camarc Design was chosen.  Wanganui boat builders Q-West, builders of the port's oil field crew transfer vessel, carried out the construction....



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Wanganui Chronicle

Q West's new pilot boat nearly ready for home at Port Taranaki

Everything's shipshape as far as Port Taranaki's new pilot boat is concerned.

The boat, named Mikotahi, was built at Q-West Boat Builders yard in Castlecliff and this week has been undergoing sea trials as a prelude to its maiden voyage.

Wanganui Chronicle article



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She's taking shape...

In May 2013 Fullers awarded the contract to build it's new Waiheke Island ferry to a Whanganui-based boat yard, Q-West.  The project, costing around $7 million, is on track with an expected launch date of July this year.



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Australia Bound for Kiwi Build


When the Australian Victoria Water Police were looking for a new patrol craft for the Gippsland Ports the management committee identified the Teknicraft catamaran as providing the best features and performance for their operations.
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34m Passenger Ferry

SHIP & BOAT INTERNATIONAL

Fresh ferries for New Zealand


Ship & Boat International looks at vessels due for delivery to the country in the forthcoming year.
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NZ Work Boat Review

New Zealand Work Boat Review


'T R Healy Takes On The Job' and ' Catching Up With The Aniolam Express'.
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Aoraki Repower - Practical Option

The reason for the 10 year repower/refit on Aoraki was to extend the operational life by five year, improve the quality and standard of the vessel, improve fuel/maintenance efficiencies, improve emission standards and reliability - which included an overhaul of teh interior and exterior of the vessel.



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Aniolam Express - built to scarper

The 13m 'Aniolam Express' is designed by Teknicraft Design Limited as a foil assisted passenger catamaran that will operate from the main workers' villages on Komos 57nm, Kavieng 76nm, Namatanai 41nm and the mine site at Londolovit on Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea.  Designed to carry 24 passengers and two crew as well as 1500kg of stores, the...



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New Generation Alloy Dump Barge

The recent launching and delivery  of a purpose built 1200 gross tonne spoil dump barge has certainly turned some heads.


"This is the first of the new generation alloy dump barges we have been fortunate to review and it is hugely engineered, the internal framing and structure is immense. For a dumb clamshell split hopper barge she has appealing lines and a functionality about her that sets her up for the job at hand."
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Leaving Q-West slipway

'T R Healy'

Groundbreaking barge from New Zealand's Q-West.

A 40.2-metre split-hopper barge launched this January by Q-West Boat Builders has become the New Zealand-based firm's single largest build and its first barge constructed in aluminum.



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Heading for home 23rd January 2013

Good fortune on the horizon

The launching this week of the biggest vessel Q-West Boat Builders has constructed has signalled the beginning of a boom year for the Wanganui company.

In the face of tough offshore competition, the Castlecliff boatyard continues to gather contracts and this year will be taking on more staff to fill the orders.

Managing Director Myles Fothergill...



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Arataki

Q-West Boat Builders: A diverse range of vessels with the commonality of quality

New Zealand's Q-West Boat Builders has a long and established history of producing commercial craft such as pilot and port vessels, many of which are still in use after two decades of continued operation.



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Drawing of Barge Completed

Teknicraft diversifies its portfolio with the design of a first-in-its-class Aluminium Split-Hopper Barge

Teknicraft Design is currently completing the design of a split-hopper barge under construction at Q-West Boat Builders in Wanganui, New Zealand . More commonly associated with designing high speed passenger vessels, offshore support vessels and patrol craft, the Teknicraft Design Team is proving their versatility by designing a barge which may be...



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Seafood NZ Cover

SEAFOOD NEW ZEALAND - JULY 2012

Q-West Boat Builders: New boat for lobster fisher.

What better way to celebrate the success of your fishing business than by giving it a new-build boat?  Derek Johnson of Seafood NZ talks to Paul Reinke about working with Q-West Boat Builders to bring his business into the 21st century.

Read the full story in the attached article.



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St George's Students

ST GEORGE'S SCHOOL VISIT

Year 8 students at St George's are visiting local businesses as part of a Humamities unit on trade.

See full story attached. Courtesy of River City Press.



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PRIME MINISTER JOHN KEY VISITS Q-WEST


Prime Minister John Key paid a visit to Wanganui on Friday 22nd June 2012, visiting local businesses including, Q-West Boat Builders. The Prime Minister spent one hour on site at Q-West during which he was able to look on-board the New Zealand Maritime Police vessel ‘Lady Elizabeth IV’ which was on-site for scheduled maintenance. Mr Key also held an open discussion in the workshop, where Q-West staff were given the chance to ask questions. It was a great privilege for Q-West to have Mr Key visit and staff found him very approachable.
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After

WANGANUI CHRONICLE

A major refit of a Fiordland tourist boat has come to an end and within a few days the Milford Wanderer will be at its home waters of Milford Sound ready for the summer season. The refit, which was carried for an undisclosed sum, started in May at the Q-West Boat Builders yard at Castlecliff and has been completed on time and on budget.

http://www.wanganuichroni...



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clipper IV

WANGANUI CHRONICLE

On time and on budget are two key components giving a Wanganui company a head-start on the competition.

And another example born of that strategy is to sail for its new home.

http://www.wanganuichronicle.co.nz/news/smooth-sailing-for-clients/1067892/



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Ausmarine Magazine

Producing high quality at a fair price and never delivering late are among the core principles that continue to drive leading New Zealand aluminium vessel crafting firm, Q-West Boat Builders.

Established in 1994 and currently employing 32 people in the facilities on the banks of Whanganui River, the company quickly grasped that winning the...


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Professional Skipper

Q-West Boat Buildersshow that it is possible for a boat building company to diversity successfully as demand for new fishing boats decrease. NZ Professional Skipper spent an afternoon recently at Q-West, looking over a yard and facilities with the company sales and projects manager, Colin Mitchell.


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Robust vessel boosts marine science

The NZ Workboat Review 2011, has published the following article about NIWA's new boat, the Ikatere .


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New Lady Elizabeth IV

The NZ Workboat Review 2011, has published the following article on Wellington's new Police Boat, the Lady Elizabeth IV.


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Whale Chaser is a smooth operator

The NZ Workboat Review 2011, has published the attached article regarding Whale Watch Kaikoura's newest boat Wawahia , built by Q-West.


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Arataki

A new pilot boat from Q-West Boat Builders for the Port of Tauranga.

Surveyed to operate within the inshore limits of New Zealand's Bay of Plenty 'Arataki' is the new pilot boat owned by the Port of Tauranga.


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Ausmarine 2010 Preview

Lady Elizabeth IV

The New Zealand Maritime Police are the owners of this extraordinary and innovative new fast patrol / rescue boat.


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New NIWA Vessel fit for variety of roles

When the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research NIWA began drawing up a wish list for their new inshore research vessel, they were painting with a fairly broad brush.


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Keeping Up With Tradition

Ever since they were lightly built in wood and powered by a bunch of blokes heaving on oars, whale chasers have been some of the leanest and meanest boats around.


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Wawahia

New Zealand's Whale Watch Kaikoura has taken delivery of the latest addition to its fleet "Wawahia"


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Ferry fulfils a growing demand

by Keith Ingram (2009)

A massive growth in demand for ferry services from Pine Harbour, Beachlands and Maraetai over the last six years led to the launchingof the impressive Clipper III earlier this year.


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Mararoa Too Quick for a ZZZZ

By Lindsay Wright (July 2009)

Sitting beside the wharf at Q-West's Wanganui boatyard, Meridian Energy's newly launched crew boat, Mararoa, seems like a hell of a lot of boat to be doing a ferry run back and forthacross a lake.


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Catamaran glides in for a drink

Meridian's new $2.7 million catamaran ferry slipped quietly into Dunedin last night for a refuelling stop as part of its maiden voyage.

The ferry, The Mararoa, docked at Port Chalmers and was due to sail for Bluff this morning, before being trucked to Lake Manapouri, Meridian spokesman Gerald Raymond said.

The 19m ferry was launched in Wanganui...



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Wanganui firm buoyed by major boatbuilding contract

17.02.2009
by John Maslin

Wanganui boat builder Q-West is bucking the gloomy financial trends with news it has picked up another major contract.
And company director Myles Fothergill said with other work on its books, it may be taking on more staff later in the year to handle the work.

The latest boost for the Castlecliff boatyard comes with a...



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Wellington police maritime unit to get new 'Lizzy'

After patrolling Wellington Harbour for nearly 20 years, the police launch Lady Elizabeth III is to be replaced with a more powerful $3.5 million boat.

The new aluminium Lady Elizabeth IV will have the same generic design as the Auckland police launch Deodar III, with modifications for Wellington's heavier weather conditions.

Police Minister...



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Boatbuilding business booms

Wanganui Chronicle: 01.11.2008 by John Maslin

Multi-million-dollar contracts in New Zealand and the US have seen a Wanganui industry boom over the past few months, even as the national business outlook has worsened.

Q-West Boat Builders is now building vessels for Whalewatch Kaikoura and the Lake Manapouri power station plus private boats for the...



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Reborn Rawinia Returns To Taranaki

A few decades have flowed past and the Rawinia has long since left the port. Grey hairs way out number the blonde ones under my fishing cap and it takes a bit more to kick start the heartbeat these days. But a new Rawinia might just do the trick. She left the Wanganui riverside shed of Q-West Boat Builders and was delivered to Port Taranaki in...


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Ferry Encourages the Country Life

Since Auckland's Pine Harbour ferry service was introduced in January 2002, with a patronage of around 50 per day, the service has grown to where the company is now taking over 350 passengers per day, doing 11 return trips...


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S62 Deodar - Police boat extends the long arm of the law

By Lindsay Wright and Keith Ingram

One of the most thoughtful and exhaustive boat searches ever conducted in New Zealand came to fruition towards the end of last year when Q-West in Wanganui launched Deodar III Auckland’s latest police boat. The officer in charge of the Auckland Police Maritime Unit, Senior Sergeant Martin Paget, began looking for...



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S62 Deodar – Electronics

Complex electronics are carefully matched

The backbone of the Deodar III's electronic systems is the Northstar 8000i network, which displays a multitude of different functions onto the four main 12in and 15in bridge screens and a single 12in screen on the flybridge.
The system was conceived, designed and manufactured in New Zealand. It employs...



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World Class Boat Building on NZ Shores

Central Today Newspaper December/January 2008 -Issue 47

Q-West Boat Builders Limited is expanding its already diverse skills in boat building through the construction of a $3 million vessel for the New Zealand Police.


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New launch commissioned to combat crime

TV3 News website
Mon, 19 Nov 2007 07:32p.m.

Boating baddies beware, the Police have just unveiled a new high speed, high-tech police boat – the Deodar III.

The vessel will be ready to start service on the Hauraki Gulf in mid December, after it finishes sea trials in the area.

The catamaran cost $2.8 million and is equipped with Hamilton...



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Innovative features on city-built police launch

10.11.2007
By WILLIAM ROBERTSON
Wanganui Chronicle

A WANGANUI-built boat bound for Auckland takes with it a number of innovations that will aid maritime police work on the Waitemata Harbour.

Trials of the new police launch, Deodar III, have been extremely successful, according to Colin Mitchell, general manager of Q-West Boat Builders Ltd.

Senior...



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Maritime career structure agreed in time for new police launches

By Bex Shannon, Association Communications Assistant

Maritime Unit members have voted to accept a new career structure that recognises the increased responsibility associated with their role.

On the eve of the delivery of a replacement vessel for the ageing Deodar II, Maritime Unit members will now have an incentive to acquire the advanced Police...



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Police welcome new launch

New Zealand Herald

A new $2.8 million police launch will be operating in Auckland in time for summer, with a second for Wellington probably not far behind

Auckland's Deodar III was well advanced at a Wanganui boat builder's yard and was due to be commissioned in Auckland on December 14, the Police Association said yesterday.

The Wellington launch,...



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Multi-million-dollar contract for city boatbuilder

15.09.2007
By JOHN MASLIN
Wanganui Chronicle

ANOTHER Wanganui company has proved that it can take on and beat the rest of the world.

Q-West Boat Builders Ltd has snared a contract with the New Zealand Police that spans the next 10 years and has earning potential measured in the millions of dollars.

The way that contract is structured means...



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Clipper II Article

S53 Clipper II

Foil assisted cat boosts service 

by Keith Ingram

When Auckland's Pine Harbour ferry service first started on January 6, 2002, there was no transport subsidy to help develop this service.

The company's directors decided to "go it alone", based purely on their acknowledgement that the Beachlands-Maraetai region would continue to grow...



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Q-West wins Police tender

WANGANUI boat-builders Q-West has won the tender to build a new police vessel which will be used for border security. The Commissioner of Police Howard Broad and the Comptroller of Customs Martyn Dunne said the vessel would replace the Auckland Police launch Deodar ll and would be operational by the end of 2007. "This ushers in a new era in...



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Wavepiercer, Ocean Australia

Ocean Australia Magazine Article

22 metre Wavepiercer

Q-West Boat Builder Limited of New Zealand recently delivered MV Polaris, a 22 metre wave piercing catamaran to Brian and Nola Backshall.

The vessel, with a 7.5 metre beam, steamed direct from Wanganui, New Zealand to the vessels home port at the Brisbane Royal Yacht Squadron Marina. Q-West’s...



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Sailing ahead of the competition

Q-West Limited has a reputation as one of the most professional Boatbuilders in the industry. The company’s competitive edge is a result of its dedicated and multi-talented staff, and its proven capability in the construction and maintenance of a wide variety of craft, such as fishing boats and trawlers, passenger vessels, fast ferries and charter...



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Te Ao Marama

Q-West keeps Whale Watch at Sea

Whale Watch Kaikoura was so satisfied with the first vessel Q-West built for them two years a go, it has come back for more.

The Castlecliff based boat builders now have a worldwide reputation for the quality and competitiveness of their work, with orders from the Middle East, America, Australia and throughout the Pacific, as well as in New...



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